At times, I feel that my personal use of the Internet to be excessive. I use the Internet to read the news, various blogs, wiener dog humor, keep in touch with far away friends and family through social networks, email or VOIP, indulge my interests, find recipes I’ll probably never make, research for class…The list is never ending.
I often have a really, REALLY hard time disconnecting when not on vacation. My husband and I have recently started a tradition of “Unwired Wednesdays” which means as soon as we come home from work on Wednesday, we unplug. No phones, iPads, iTouches (is that even a word?!), laptops or netbooks. We just hang out with each other. Tomorrow would have been* our 4th Unwired Wednesday and – to be honest – it’s been a bit of challenge. We both find ourselves reaching for (insert gadget) and had to be reminded. But we realize that it’s more out of habit than necessity, which is interesting. I wouldn’t say we’re addicting but we definitely have some overuse issues going on.
During the rest of the week, I can while away the hours, going from interest to interest, and I blame it ALL on hyperlinks. It is very rare that a webpage doesn’t have a link to a something that relates to what I was interested in in the first place. So I look at that link, that link’s links, then that link’s link’s links and, before I realize it, I’ve got about 48 different tabs open spread across 6 windows, it’s way past my bedtime and I’ve accomplished exactly nothing. (I probably have accomplished something but at times it can be difficult to figure out what.) The hyperlinks on the sites I read are useful because they often lead me in different directions than I most likely wasn’t aware of before “the click”.